Saturday to Saturday: This is the biggest week in FC Cincinnati history
Starting at 7:30 pm on August 12 at Slugger Field in Louisville, FC Cincinnati will begin its biggest week in club history. FC Cincinnati will play four games in the week's span, one of which is just for the reserve team, two of which are critical league games, and then obviously the sold out game against the New York Red Bulls on the 15th.
FC Cincinnati is slipping in league play. They miraculously scored in the 92' minute to snag one point at home against Orlando City B on August 5, and before that, they dropped a home game against Rochester. Ending the season on a four-game road trip is not opportune, so FCC needs to convert on their home stretches in the middle of the season. One plus is that FC Cincinnati has seen success against Louisville City this season. They beat them in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on a Djiby Fall goal in the 49', and they also beat them 3-2 in Louisville just a couple weeks ago. FCC's success against Louisville is strange since Louisville is a top two team in points per game in the USL's Eastern Conference. LCFC is 5-1-2 at home, so letting Djiby loose against them, since he can't play against the Red Bulls, will be huge. Along those lines, FCC the following Saturday will take on the New York Red Bulls II, who are currently eighth in USL play. Moving forward, these two games, with two-midweek games slammed between them, will be crucial for FCC's league position.
While the game with the reserves against NKU on the 16th will be a great time for everyone, the game that truly makes this week huge is the Tuesday night game against the Red Bulls. The Red Bulls are fourth in the MLS's Eastern Conference. FCC's top Cup scorer, Djiby Fall, will be suspended due to yellow card accumulation. The Red Bulls top scorer, Bradley Wright-Phillips, will meet the iron curtain. FCC's back line has yet to give up a goal in the Open Cup, so seeing another top MLS scorer take them on will be incredible. Five clean sheets for that back line is incredible. But, if you didn't already get your ticket, you might have to pay out-of-the-pocket to see the game since it is already technically sold out. The only tickets are through second party sites like StubHub where most tickets are spiked like crazy.
This will be the biggest game in club history for FCC, who has seen an improbable Cup run rally the city. This week will be slam packed with action from FCC, and all eyes will be on just about every game they play, even their scrimmage against NKU will be on ESPN3.
Buckle in FCC fans, this ride might get even crazier.